In the fall of 1934 I became interested as to whether all the 2,200 tonsillectomies performed at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary each year were really indicated. On the suggestion of Dr. Harris P. Mosher I correlated the history which led to tonsillectomy with the pathologic diagnosis in 104 cases of routine adenoidectomy and tonsillectomy. The article giving the results of my observations was published in the April 1935 number of the ARCHIVES OFOTOLARYNGOLOGY1 and will be briefly quoted from later.
In the present paper I shall present, first, a correlation of the history which led to tonsillectomy, the pathologic diagnosis of the tonsil and the subsequent clinical course over a period of eight months. Second, the so-called immediate results of tonsillectomy, as noted in this study, will be compared with the less favorable results after a period of years, as shown by the figures
SMITH HD. FOLLOW-UP OF PATIENTS EIGHT MONTHS AFTER TONSILLECTOMY. Arch Otolaryngol. 1936;24(4):488–494. doi:10.1001/archotol.1936.00640050500006
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